Although it has made the very difficult decision to stop all volunteer activities through the end of March, the Chester County Food Bank remains open and is keeping health and safety as its top priority.
The Food Bank provides an essential service to the community, and it will continue to do so while taking the recommended precautionary measures amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
The Food Bank is working with its partner agencies and food cupboards throughout the county to best serve residents now. It’s also planning for ways to meet increased needs as the situation potentially escalates.
“We are grateful for the support of the community and your concern for those in need,” said Larry Welsh, the Food Bank’s Executive Director. “Thanks to our many partners and the community, we are able to mobilize quickly to address the food access of our community during this unprecedented situation. As needs continue to become apparent to us, we will communicate via social media and our website on how you can help.”
How Can You Help?
Monetary donations will make the biggest impact. To meet the needs of the community, the Food Bank is focusing on emergency distribution, including senior and emergency food boxes Our buying power can enable your dollars to go further and can ultimately feed more people. Give today or consider making a monthly gift to sustain your giving for the months ahead. Click here to donate.
The Food Bank is accepting food donations at the Food Bank with a modified warehouse entry process. All food donations can come to the warehouse entrance at the back of the building, from Monday through Friday, 8 AM-5 PM.
The Food Bank’s most-needed food donations are items that, if quarantined, are pre-packaged and easy to prepare:
- granola bars
- fruit cups
- pasta & sauce
- soup & hearty canned meals
- peanut butter
- canned tuna/chicken
- individual cereals
- quick cook rice/grain blends.
Phoebe Kitson-Davis, the Food Bank’s Director of Agency & Community Partnerships who was slated to return to her pastoral ministry this month, but, will remain at the Food Bank as its COVID-19 Emergency Response Director until May.
“Ten days ago, it became evident that with the crisis upon us, my skill set could be best used this way to help the community,” said Kitson-Davis, who spent time in Niger as a member of the Peace Corps in the mid-1980s during the West African nation’s famine. “My responsibility now is to manage our staff who are on site at the Food Bank, as we prepare tens of thousands of meals and pack thousands of boxes of nonperishable foods for our most vulnerable neighbors.”
“The entire staff at the Food Bank is working around the clock to ensure the safety of the food we are distributing to our courageous partners who remain open throughout the county,” said Lauren Harrell, the Food Bank’s Board Chair. “We are in awe at the commitment to serving our communities.”